Thursday, January 15, 2009

Bacon work could fetch six million pounds

LONDON (Reuters) – A portrait by Dublin-born artist Francis Bacon bought for 31,500 pounds in 1971 is expected to fetch up to 6 million pounds when it goes under the hammer next month, Christie's auctioneers said on Wednesday.

"Man in Blue VI," dating from 1954, is one of seven paintings in the same series. The sitter is an unknown man and experts believe it was made from life rather than from a photograph, which was Bacon's usual method.

It dates from a fertile period in the artist's career when he was involved in a tempestuous romance with fighter pilot Peter Lacy.

The painting is being offered at auction for the first time having been in the same ownership for nearly 40 years.

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